If there's one area the Omnia 2 doesn't seem as good as the Omnia, it's battery life.

Most people with an Exchange server will want their phone constantly connected to make sure they don't miss a calendar update or an email, and with this mode enabled, plus a very moderate amount of browsing, a few phone calls and the odd text, the Omnia 2 never lasted more than 24 hours.

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You'll see more use from the phone if you restrict Exchange connectivity to a few hours a day, for instance, but our tests didn't include long bursts of watching YouTube on a daily commute, for instance, which we suspect would limit the Omnia 2's battery even further.

It's one area in which that big, bright screen looks to be more a curse than a blessing.

Organiser

The Omnia's calendar functions are top-notch, thanks to Windows Mobile. The integration with Exchange means getting your dates on there is simple. Alternatively, Windows Mobile Device Centre beckons, allowing you to connect via a USB cable.

Connectivity

The Omnia 2 presents a few options for browsing the internet. Despite the inclusion of Internet Explorer, the default browser is Opera Mobile. Browsing is fast thanks to the Omnia II's 3G radio, and the browser, with a few caveats, works well.

For instance, you get tools such as a function to remember your passwords, and the Omnia II has an accelerometer that allows you to flip it on its side for landscape browsing. Compatibility with Flash is another plus, particularly as it means you can watch YouTube.com without needing a bespoke application.

Pseudo tabbed browsing is also useful, although it's more akin to using multiple windows for multiple websites.

It's not perfect, though. The accelerometer isn't flawlessly reliable - occasionally it would refuse to shift the screen. We also struggled with launch times during our testing: overall Opera launched fairly swiftly, if not as snappily as Safari launches on the iPhone.

However, every now and then we'd encounter a long delay as the Omnia II attempted to free up sufficient resources for the browser to run. The touchscreen also proved an occasional problem - although it's generally accurate we sometimes struggled to get the Omnia to recognise a tap on the screen and to load a link.

Other

Physically, the Omnia II is mixed. It looks the business - the big, bright screen looks spectacular even if it's not the most refined in the world, and the three buttons on the front mean there's no wasted space.

Unfortunately, the Omnia II's build quality earns it a few scathing words. The plastic cover, which protects the battery and SIM slot, feels incredibly thin and flexed easily under pressure. The buttons on the front also feel a bit hollow.

Compared to phones like the iPhone or the HTC Hero the Omnia II feels a little cheap - another disappointment on an otherwise decent phone.